In an 8-0 Orioles loss that secured a series sweep at Camden Yards for the visiting Chicago Cubs and dropped the Orioles to a season-worst seven games below .500 (42-49), Quintana struck out 12 and walked none to dazzle in his team debut.
Jiménez, meanwhile, ceded 11 hits before he was pulled in the fourth inning, many of them rockets that found patches of outfield grass. He left trailing 6-0.
"We’re playing a world champion team that everyone knew was going to get going at some point," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Unfortunately, they got started here. They’re on the top of their game. They have a lot of good pieces. Good starting pitching. We were not up to the challenge."
After a quick first inning, the Cubs tagged Jiménez for four runs on six hits in the second inning, then added a two-run home run by third baseman Kris Bryant in the fourth inning that helped spell the end for Jiménez.
Showalter said he was encouraged by Jiménez's first inning, but "his command deserted him in the second inning."
Said Jimenez: "I was able to get ahead, but I couldn’t put it away. They took a good approach … and by the time I figured it out it was too late. They’d already scored three or four runs."
Quintana, who switched sides of Chicago when the Cubs dealt four prospects to the Chicago White Sox for his services last week, allowed three hits in seven innings and tied a franchise strikeout record for a team debut.
"That’s why you have to give up four players for guys like him," Showalter said. "I think he’s under control the next three years for them. ... We knew he’d be having a lot of adrenaline flowing for him today, new teammates, trying to make a mark and prove himself a little bit. He was big."
Yet again, the Orioles bullpen came in and did its job after a starter struggled to do the same. Left-hander Donnie Hart retired all six batters he faced before turning the ball over to Mychal Givens, who fanned two and retired all four batters tasked to him.
Zach Britton pitched a scoreless eighth inning to keep him on his every-other-day schedule since returning from a left forearm strain, before Darren O’Day allowed a two-run home run in a difficult ninth inning.
"The bullpen did another good job," Showalter said. "Darren had a little hiccup, but we were able to stretch it out. We were a little short down there."
Jones jumps on one
Center fielder Adam Jones’ move back to the leadoff spot that suited him so well last season had been off to a slow start since he reinherited the role Friday, as he hadn’t collected a hit and had reached only on a hit-by-pitch in his first two games.
But he ended that -- and gave the Orioles their first hit of the day -- by hacking at the first pitch of the fourth inning and pulling it into the left-field corner for a ground-rule double. Jones was left at third base.
The Orioles' day was short on offensive highlights. Catcher Welington Castillo singled to left in the fifth inning, and shortstop Jonathan Schoop singled to center to open the seventh. Jones was hit by a pitch on the foot in the ninth for the Orioles' fourth and final base runner.
Schoop at short
The All-Star second baseman Schoop made his second start of the season at shortstop and again looked at home there. He handled five chances overall, three at shortstop and two at his typical second base spot in the shift.
His best play of the day showed he’s a natural second baseman. Shifted to the right side of the bag against a left-handed hitter, Schoop ranged deep into the first base hole to cut off a ground ball and second baseman Johnny Giavotella in the process.